The game that devoured humans, News spreading fast as fire in the online world has shown disturbing news to the people. A game that presents people with challenges known as the “Blue Whale Challenges”.
Suicide being at a high rate already, has been one of the darkest truths of human nature. People quit life for various reasons from which, most are Pressure, Blackmailing and Misguidance. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Nearly 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.” The Blue Whale Challenge is yet another factor that adds up numbers in the estimate.
Facebook, being one vast media giant, took into account, the absurd amount of suicides due to the game/challenge and is forced to take action against it. Another reason for Facebook to take action on this matter is the World Suicide Prevention Day closing in.
Antigone Davis, Head of Global Safety released a statement to the press in light of The World Suicide Prevention Day on 7th September. He said that,
“THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER, WE’LL CONNECT PEOPLE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT SUPPORTIVE GROUPS AND SUICIDE PREVENTION TOOLS THROUGH ADS IN NEWS FEED. PEOPLE CAN ACCESS TOOLS TO RESOLVE CONFLICT ONLINE, HELP A FRIEND WHO IS EXPRESSING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR GET RESOURCES IF THEY’RE GOING THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME. IT’S PART OF OUR ONGOING EFFORT TO HELP BUILD A SAFE COMMUNITY ON AND OFF FACEBOOK.”
Facebook, being one of the social giants, has taken into account the effects of social media on the average person and has taken certain countermeasures to reduce it as much as possible. This includes Facebooks Policies that remove content if it violates the Community Standards. This includes posts or pictures that promote self-injury or suicide. It also allows the average user to report a user or try to help them simply by going to their respective profiles to try and help them.
Ankhi Das, Director of Public Policy for Facebook in India, South and Central Asia said that,
“FACEBOOK IS A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE CONNECT AND SHARE, AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE LEARNT FROM THE MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS AND ACADEMICS WE HAVE WORKED WITH ON THIS ISSUE, IS THAT BEING CONNECTED IS A PROTECTIVE FACTOR IN SUICIDE PREVENTION,”
Resources To Prevent Suicide/Self-Harm
Facebook pays a lot of attention to the wellbeing of its users and for this, it has taken certain countermeasures and facilities/resources to let the average user elp another user or get help incase of such an issue. All of this can be seen at Facebook’s Safety Center, that allows people to resolve conflicts online or help a friend who one thinks, might be in danger of falling victim to such an act.
For this, Facebook has teamed up with suicide prevention partners to collect information that leads them to conflicts such as the Blue Whale game by filtering keywords or hashtags that might show promise to leading to a victim.
Facebook also offers parents, teenagers, educators, and law enforcement officials to start a conversation about online safety by providing them with localized resources and videos.
Let’s hope Cases like the Blue Whale challenge are solved as soon as possible before any more people fall victim to such atrocities.
Save Yourself, Save Others and Stay Safe.